What to expect:
“Never has a one-night stand led to such chaos!
Childhood sweethearts Matthew and Katy agree they must never see each other again after they end up in bed together following a school re-union.
So all is forgotten… until eight months later when a shock meeting at an antenatal class forces them to confront the fact that Matthew could be the father of Katy’s baby. Oblivious to the mayhem unfolding, Matthew’s highly-strung wife frets over giving birth to twins and Katy’s much younger boyfriend refuses to take fatherhood seriously.
Love and life are messy but Katy and Matthew take things to a whole new level as deep emotions begin to resurface and hormones run riot.
How will they navigate their way through this almighty cock-up?”
The randomly catchy title might prompt you to declare “challenge accepted”, but if it’s the wrong day of the week then have a good read instead. Tracy Bloom seems to be the new big name in self publishing; she has two out now, and they are both high in the charts. If you google her there are interesting interviews discussing her publishing methods. Meantime, on with the review:
Kooks for your Kindle?– Katy’s boyfriend Ben (and first possible baby-daddy) is a lot younger than her, but a strangely good match. Although he initially appears superficial, he has (well) hidden depths. Sassy GBF Daniel is a good match for Katy’s equally large personality, and is a supportive friend in his own unique way. The third and final main man is Matthew, the ex-boyfriend and 2nd possible baby-daddy. He was perfect for Katy back in the day, but that was a long time ago and his wife’s twin pregnancy is having a frightening effect on him.
The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Katy is extremely likable in a fun, sarcastic kind of way. She’s on the aggressive end of the assertiveness scale but it all threatens to go out the window when the surprise pregnancy takes her far from her comfort zone.
Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– The romantic glow of pregnancy is stripped away here for a refreshingly honest, if somewhat off-putting look at the harsh, occasionally hilarious reality.
Provoking your Inner-Pedant– Minimal errors, a rare pleasure in self-published work.
Evaluation of your eBook?– Even the smallest part is well characterised, I especially loved Ben’s football student Luke and his pregnant teen girlfriend Charlene who unwittingly fires off insults at the older mothers. The banter is smart and funny, especially between Katy and Daniel. The format works, with brief flashbacks to establish Katy and Matthew’s old relationship, as well as why they broke up and how they met again. Katy’s terror of impending unplanned motherhood is heart-felt and believable. The ending is wildly chaotic and fun, with everybody getting what they deserve. Recommended, great debut.
Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.
Can be obtained from:
UK: Amazon for £1.99.
US: Amazon for $2.99.